Weston police station enquiry office to move to Town Hall
By Prue_Reid | Friday, October 05, 2012, 09:42
WESTON-SUPER-MARE police station's enquiry office is to close – and move to the newly refurbished Town Hall.
Weston Town Hall - books, boys (and girls) in blue and council business all under one roof
The changes, which will come into force on January 2, will see the office move but the local neighbourhood and response teams continue to be based at the police station.
Police say the move to the Town Hall, which has just undergone a £9.7 million refurbishment, will make it easier for local people to access more public services in one place.
It will enable the opening hours of the Town Hall to extend so police, council and library services will be available for longer and at the weekends.
North Somerset district commander, chief superintendent Julian Moss, said: "Providing police and council services in one central location will make it easier for local people to access our services.
"The Town Hall is a welcoming and a much friendlier environment for our customers and by working with the council, our aim is to provide a better and more joined up service.
"As cuts to the public sector hit, we need to take the opportunity to look at the way we provide our services so we can maintain and where possible improve them by doing things differently.
"We are committed to serving the communities of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas and are always looking for ways to improve our service.
"By providing a joint enquiry service with the council we believe this will make it easier to access public services in general."
The news comes at the same time as the police are considering closing its station in Clevedon and moving to North Somerset Council's other base at Castlewood.
Portishead's police station is also up for sale with plans to move staff to the headquarters in the town as well as having a base in the new Portishead library.